Madonna, Guy Ritchie’s nude painting flops at auction

May 31st, 2009 - 1:15 am ICT by IANS  

Madonna London, May 30 (DPA) A painting of pop diva Madonna in the nude with her ex-husband, film director Guy Ritchie, flopped at an auction Saturday.
Brian Clements, head of the McTear’s auction house, said there were a few bids for the oil painting by Scottish artist Peter Howson, but none that reached the minimum requirement of 15,000 pounds ($24,277).

The oil painting, from 2005, depicts Madonna lying naked in the foreground while Ritchie rests a hand on her thigh. The two divorced last year after almost eight years of marriage.

The picture had been expected to sell for 22,000 pounds.

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